Feds now investigating Trump organization, while Paul Manafort seeks plea deal, and George Papadopoulos gets sentenced to two weeks in prison.

By | 2018-09-09T06:19:38+00:00 September 8th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |14 Comments

Trump’s walls just keep closing in. 

Courtesy of Bloomberg:

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating whether anyone in the Trump Organization violated campaign-finance laws, in a follow-up to their conviction last month of Michael Cohen, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The inquiry, not previously reported, shows that the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office doesn’t intend to stand down following the guilty plea from Trump’s longtime personal lawyer. Manhattan prosecutors are working on a parallel track to U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is tasked with examining Russian interference in the presidential election and who is referring other matters as they arise to appropriate sections of the Justice Department.

The Trump Organization is a stable of private companies heavily invested in real estate that’s been run by the president’s sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, since he took office.

Central to the inquiry will be longtime Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, who has already provided narrow cooperation with authorities over Cohen’s activities and hush agreements, according to the person. It’s not clear whether Weisselberg is a focus of the continuing inquiry.

Remember how Trump warned investigators to leave his businesses out of this?

Well, now they are all up in his bidness. 

But this is by no means the worst news that Trump received yesterday. 

There was also this, also courtesy of Bloomberg:

Paul Manafort’s lawyers have talked to U.S. prosecutors about a possible guilty plea to avert a second criminal trial set to begin in Washington this month, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted of bank and tax fraud last month in a Virginia federal court. He’s accused in Washington of financial crimes including conspiring to launder money, as well as acting as an unregistered foreign agent of Ukraine and obstructing justice.

The negotiations over a potential plea deal have centered on which charges Manafort might admit and the length of the sentence to be recommended by prosecutors working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the person familiar with the matter said. Manafort, 69, already faces as long as 10 years in prison under advisory sentencing guidelines in the Virginia case.

By pleading guilty, Manafort could avoid the risk of a longer prison term if he’s convicted at a second trial, as well as the threat of forfeiting several properties and financial accounts. He could also save the cost of paying lawyers to defend him at trial. Such white-collar criminal cases can cost defendants millions of dollars.

If Manafort’s lawyers can get him a good deal they might also be able to reduce his sentence from the first trial, but he would have to offer something significant in order to earn a get out of jail card like that. 

And the thought of what he might be offering has got to be keeping Trump up at night even more than usual. 

And since timing is everything, it should also be noted that as Manafort mulls over his options it was announced yesterday that George Papadopolous will essentially only get a slap on the wrist for his crimes.

Courtesy of Reuters

George Papadopoulos, a former aide to then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, was sentenced on Friday to 14 days in prison after pleading guilty last year to lying to federal agents investigating whether campaign members coordinated with Russia before the election.

Manafort is in far deeper than Papadopolous, but he also has more information of interest to the prosecutors, so he may see a light sentence like this as an incentive to spill his guts and throw himself on the mercy of the courts. 

Whatever ends up happening with Manafort, I think we can rest assured that Trump is flipping out right about now. 

I think this tweet I saw yesterday just about sums it up.

Yep, Trump is about to go down in history as having the most convicted felons in his campaign and administration. 

#MAGA

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14 Comments

  1. Anon September 8, 2018 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I am laughing as I wonder if Manafort makes a plea deal if Trump will continue to portray what a good man he is and how he has been treated terribly. Let us hope that Manafort can substantiate some facts worth a plea deal to Mueller. I guess it is possible that Manafort May fear a deadly “accident” arranged by Russians if he flips.

    • Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 7:08 pm - Reply

      Papadopoulos got the sweet deal. Manafort had his chance but George was first. He got 14 days. Paul will be lucky to get 14 years. Mueller’s team has already turned down one plea request and Manafort still has at least one more trial to go. If he doesn’t hurry up he’ll have nothing to bargain with but confirming what others have already said.

  2. Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    Trump has been loyal to Manafort like no other.

    HIs off and on bromance with Ted Cruz is another matter.
    “Top Trump Adviser Says Ted Cruz Could Lose Texas Senate Race” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/08/us/politics/republicans-midterms-ted-cruz.html

    Beto is moving right along with constant and true campaigning throughout the state. He is likeable and smart.

    It would be meaningless if the unlikeable Cruz amped up his campaigning. He is just not to be liked. His only hope is if Donald Trump would rally throughout the great state of Texas for Cruz.
    How bad does Trump want Cruz to win? We’ll see in time.

    Trump did a super job 2016 at making both Mr. & Mrs. Cruz very unlikeable. Can he now un-do all that hard work?

  3. barbara carlson September 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    If only all these guys could put the huge energy
    involved in their complicated fraudulent acts
    — and remembering what TO say, and WHEN to plea bargain —
    for good.

    At some point, it must be a one-up-manship game for them: money the final
    and supreme way of determining who wins.
    They just thought Trump would pardon them all I guess.
    Crap people without a shred of morality between them.

  4. Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Five local religious leaders and two retired judges are challenging Trump’s
    Liquor license arguing he is not of good character as the law requires.

  5. Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply
  6. Patricia A Jenkins September 8, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    I hope Trump never has a moment of peace eve again. I hope he has diarrhea the rest of his life. I hope he is penniless when he dies……harsh?

    Think about kids in cages and separated from their parents forever.

    • Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Not harsh at all. That he’s getting away with it is what fries my backside.

  7. Anonymous September 8, 2018 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    LOL 5 felons so far, so much for hiring only the best. They aren’t even the best criminals since they got caught!

  8. gz September 8, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Will melanias boobs be tried together or separately? What if one boob gets life and the other just a slap on the nipple?

  9. hi September 8, 2018 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    OT.
    How is it that in Alaska a pillow can gestate into a Down Syndrome baby?
    Asking for a friend.

  10. Anonymous September 9, 2018 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Considering all of the best criminals Trump surrounds himself with what is he going to say? Either he too is a criminal or he is the dumbest piece of shit to be elected to any public office. It needs to be continually hammered away that the Republicans did this for PARTY OVER COUNTRY and they turned a blind eye to Russian interference to do so. And they STILL ARE. To hide the mess they made and continue to remain in power as long as possible.

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